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Recruiting 2013 - 2009 5-Star Recruits, 41-50
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
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Posted Jan 25, 2013


Did it work out? Did the superstar prospects fulfill their promise? Scout.com prospects 41 to 50.


Recruiting 2013 - 2009 Lookback

The 5-Star Recruits ... 41-50


By Richard Cirminiello 
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The 2008 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?
- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50
- 2008 Class | 2007 Class | 2006 Class | 2005 Class | 2004 Class

The five-star recruit, the ultimate symbol of success for any college coaching staff, University or rabid fan base. There are talented high school players, and then there are the five-star thoroughbreds, the crème de la crème of available candidates, and the caliber of players that programs and recruiting classes are built upon. However, the luster of landing one of these rare gems can sometimes fade even before the following February’s class arrives on campus.

The stark reality each year is that even the highest-rated recruits can be hits-or-misses, an inexact science that’s part inebriating and part maddening. To illustrate the point, all that’s required is a revisionist’s peek at the 50 blue-chippers from four years ago to see who was a beast and who wound up being a colossal bust. Only a fraction, about one-third, has gone on to consistently perform at the top of their class, which ought to somewhat damper enthusiasm for this February’s Signing Day.

*Historical rankings from 2009 are courtesy of Scout.com

50. CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
Kirkpatrick became a starter in his second year with the Tide, and blossomed into a First Team All-American as a junior. In 2011, he was one of the key cogs of an air-tight D that helped lead ‘Bama to a national championship. By that time, he was already considered one of the nation’s premier lockdown corners, a rangy and cocky defender who needed just three seasons in Tuscaloosa to become NFL-ready. Kirkpatrick was selected No. 17 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals last April, but injuries have limited his playing time to just a handful of games.
Worth the Hype? Yes

49. CB Darius Winston, Arkansas
It was an up-and-down career for Winston in Fayetteville. Yeah, he’s seen the field plenty, even starting 14 in his four seasons, but never blossomed into the pass defender who had offers from the likes of Clemson, Michigan and Tennessee. Inconsistent in pass defense, he had a rough time convincing coaches he belonged in the lineup. This past season, Winston’s final one as a Hog, he got passed on the depth chart by younger players, and posted a career-low five tackles.
Worth the Hype? Nope

48. WR Pat Patterson, Ole Miss
The state of Mississippi’s top recruit made Rebels fans’ hearts race when he signed with the program, turning down offers from rivals Alabama and LSU. He broke those same hearts less than two years later when a series of off-field missteps got him booted from the program after just one season. Patterson showed promise as a rookie in 2009, catching a dozen passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. But he had no discipline in his personal life, getting run out of the game long before his potential as a playmaker could be realized.
Worth the Hype? Nope

47. WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Austin rewrote the West Virginia record book during his four years in Morgantown, while evolving into one of the game’s most versatile and explosive all-around offensive weapons. This past year alone, the All-American Mountaineer scored a touchdown four different ways, and ranked No. 2 in the country in all-purpose yards. After catching more than 100 passes in consecutive seasons, and routinely making opposing defenders look silly in the open field, Austin is rising up NFL Draft boards faster than his 40 time.
Worth the Hype? Yes

46. DT Corey Adams, Arizona State
For Adams, the talent has always been there. Unfortunately, so has the pain. In four seasons, he’s started just once, the byproduct of a nagging back injury that’s lingered off and on since 2009. He’s yet to suit up this season, unable to physically perform at the level that created such interest while at Saguaro (Ariz.) High School. Since Adams hasn’t played in 2012, he could redshirt and return for one final year in 2013. However, he’s unsure if he’ll ever be 100%, and may not want to risk the kind of injury that limits him beyond football.
Worth the Hype? Nope

45. TE Orson Charles, Georgia
In just three years of work, Charles bloomed into one of the best pass-catching tight ends to ever play in Athens. Too fast and athletic for most opposing linebackers, the two-time All-SEC selection finished his Bulldogs career with 94 receptions for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns. He left early for the NFL following 2011, and was drafted in the fourth round by Cincinnati Bengals. In his debut, Charles has contributed at a number of different positions, including tight end, H-back and even a pseudo-fullback after Chris Pressley was injured.
Worth the Hype? Yes

44. CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Gilmore was a rare gem for the Gamecocks, starting at cornerback in the SEC in his first season out of high school. After being named a Freshman All-American in 2009, he’d go on to earn all-league honors in back-to-back years before deciding to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills plucked him out of the first round with the No. 10 overall pick, falling in love with his speed, physicality and upside potential. Gilmore has been precocious as a pro as well, evolving as a starter as his rookie year progressed.
Worth the Hype? Yes

43. DT Chris Davenport, LSU
Davenport began his Tigers career as defensive tackle, switched to offensive tackle in 2011, but still hasn’t played significant minutes for the program. As the backup at left tackle in 2012, he played a handful of snaps; barely enough to even earn a letter. When starter Chris Faulk was lost for the season to a knee injury in September, the staff reshuffled the line rather than bring Davenport off the bench. The 6-4, 330-pounder still has a year of eligibility remaining, but will need to become a lot tougher in order to finally crack the lineup.
Worth the Hype? Not yet

42. WR Greg Timmons, Texas
Timmons failed to catch a single pass while in Austin before citing academics as a reason to start anew in a different location. He used East Central (Miss.) Community College as his second chance weigh station, but was never able to approach the press clippings that hailed him as one of the top recruits of 2009 in the Lone Star State. Timmons sure looked the part at 6-3 and 210 pounds, but like so many in his position, his potential and raw physical prowess never matched his production on the field.
Worth the Hype? Nope

41. DE Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
Lewis had more of a three-star career in Norman than the five-star expectations that followed his arrival from Dewar (Okla.) High School. Sooners’ fans got just one big season from their prized recruit, a First Team All-Big 12 junior year that he used as a catapult to early entrance into the 2012 NFL Draft. Prior to racking up 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, he’d only started five games in his first two seasons. Lewis has been largely inactive in his debut as the fourth round pick of the Detroit Lions.
Worth the Hype? Sort of
 
The 2008 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?
- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50
- 2008 Class | 2007 Class | 2006 Class | 2005 Class | 2004 Class